PETA's Person of the Year Is... Not Who You'd Expect Now that Bill Clinton's given up the burgers, PETA loves him By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 22, 2010 9:38 AM CST 95 comments Comments Former US President Bill Clinton looks on during a visit to a cholera treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders in Tabarre, Haiti, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, Pool) (Newser) – Bill Clinton has officially gone from McDonald’s addict to PETA’s Person of the Year. The animal rights group honored the former prez based on his decision to become a vegan this year, The Stir reports. "Thanks to his new plant-based diet, he's shed some pounds, decreased his risk of future heart problems, and spared the lives of many animals," PETA says in a statement. Click for more on the honor and the benefits Clinton’s reaped by going vegan.